Hos­pice fundrais­ers take on Jail and Bail chal­lenge

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

SEVEN up-stand­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity found them­selves hand­cuffed, ar­rested and locked up at Ruis­lip Po­lice Sta­tion on Fri­day.

It was all for a good cause how­ever, as the North­wood-based Michael So­bell Hos­pice staged its ‘Jail and Bail’ fundraiser.

Those who took on the crazy chal­lenge were asked to raise as much money prior to the event and then spend time in a po­lice cell with a mo­bile phone and a list of con­tacts un­til fur­ther cash was raised and they could be re­leased on bail.

Prior to the event, all par­tic­i­pants were sent an of­fi­cial sum­mons by the po­lice out­lin­ing their crimes and their forth­com­ing ar­rest.

The in­mates, who all had to wear prison boiler suits, were Michael So­bell chief ex­ec­u­tive Lind­sey Fealey, Har­row busi­ness­man Vipool Shah, An­gelo Pignone from High­grove Pool in Ruis­lip, Ian Hard­ing, in­terim branch man­ager at Sim­ply Ed­u­ca­tion, Ursula Reeve, head of pal­lia­tive care for East & North Herts NHS Trust, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor James Simp­son from Ick­en­ham, and Fraser Daw­son, a di­rec­tor at Bish­ops Wood Hos­pi­tal in North­wood.

The in­mates re­ceived very re­al­is­tic treat­ment and were fin­ger­printed, pho­tographed and had DNA sam­ples taken, be­fore be­ing placed in the cell.

In­spec­tor Rob Bryan of Hilling­don Po­lice said: “Those ar­rested did not re­ceive a com­fort­able in­car­cer­a­tion. There was no in­ter­net or TV. Even the loo in the cell no longer flushed.”

But he added: “Jail and Bail is a fan­tas­tic way to raise money for Michael So­bell Hos­pice which does so much for those with life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses and Hilling­don Po­lice were proud to be a part of this great event.”

The amount raised so far in to­tal by all seven par­tic­i­pants is over £7,000 and spon­sor­ship is still com­ing in.

n BANGED UP: Lind­sey Fealey, Fraser Daw­son, Vipool Shah, An­gelo Pignone, Ian Hard­ing and James Simp­son

Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ WL155492

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